Action Based Learning

  • What is Action Based Learning? 

    Action Based Learning (ABL) is academic learning using purposeful movement. It utilizes the natural link between the brain and the body to maximize learning. Brain research shows that when kids move, learning improves. Alief has taken this research and is putting it into action through movement in the classroom and in active learning labs. The labs are based upon brain research that supports the link of movement to increased academic performance.  The lab is a series of progressions, each designed to prepare the brain for learning. 

    What does Action Based Learning look like in Alief ISD?

    Campuses implement action based learning in a variety of ways. 

    • Kinesthetic furniture in the classrooms - different seating options that allow more movement for students
    • Action Based Learning labs - physical movement is layered with academic practice to increase academic success and positive behaviors in the classroom. 
    • Brain boosters throughout the school day - research shows that continuous sitting makes the brain sleepy and it is not as prepared to learn
    • Morning activity - using movement to stimulate the brains and get students ready for learning. 
  • At Crossroads we are very fortunate to have the district’s ABL specialist in house. Leslie DeRuiter is currently an Action Based Learning (ABL) Interventionist in Alief ISD as well as an ABL Master Trainer. Her teaching career started in Arizona in 1995. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Arizona State University, and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.  She is District ABL Interventionist supporting several elementary and intermediate schools as well as all the middle and high schools with their ABL efforts.  Leslie also works with teachers to add movement into their classes.

    She is an experienced presenter on the topics of Physical Education, Brain Boosts, and Movement in the classroom. She uses a creative approach involving audience participation and group dynamics which results in enthusiastic and motivational presentations. While maintaining her high standards, Leslie delivers useful and relevant information in all of her presentations and workshops on topics for teachers of preschool age children through adults as well as pre-service teachers. This is all delivered with enthusiasm, passion and humor.  The audiences leave her workshops with a shared sense of purpose and with skills ready to put to practice.  Leslie is very knowledgeable with curriculum, management and team building. This knowledge, combined with her excellent interpersonal and communication skills, create energetic, interactive and fun sessions that can be implemented the same day.